The Power of Intergenerational Playgroups
The importance of play is ageless. Play brings people together! Play supports improved mood, memory and health through active participation and connection to local community.
These benefits extend beyond direct participation, with families and residents offered an extension of family and community through relationships formed at playgroup.
Intergenerational Playgroup sessions are a fun, safe and educational way for children, parents, caregivers and older people to join together through a fun weekly activity to learn and connect.
Bringing different generations together fosters awareness, understanding and respect between generations, and breaks down social barriers and isolation commonly experienced by new parents and ageing communities.
- Learn through play
- Get to know older people
- Develop social and language skills
- Experience and develop empathy, gentleness, respect and acceptance of others
- Experience multigenerational environments
- Make friends across generations
- Feel connected to their community
- Feel valued as a parent
- Feel valued, offering knowledge and support to a new generation of parents
- Connect (or reconnect) with other generations within their local community
- Develop new friendships
- Reduce feelings of isolation and build self-esteem .
Types of Intergenerational Playgroups
Residential aged care
Our members and service partners collaborate with residential aged care services to provide structure, support, resources and family referrals to help with the delivery of Intergenerational Playgroups.
Intergenerational Playgroups can have various formats. Mostly, parents, carers and children meet weekly with residents in a safe and child-friendly area within an aged care setting.
Are there playgroups operating in residential aged care facilities near you? Contact us to find out.
Intergenerational Playgroups can operate in community settings, as well as residential aged care facilities. In the community, Intergenerational Playgroups can meet in halls, schools buildings or parks, acting as a hub for people young and old.
Would you like to establish an Intergenerational Playgroup in your community? Contact your State or Territory Playgroup Organisation for advice and assistance.
‘Time spent playing with children is never wasted’
Dawn Lantero, Author